Category Archives: improvisation

teaching piano improvisation

IMPROVISATION – IN A NUTSHELL

It’s sad to say but we’ve come to the end of The Curious Improvisation Symposium!  This final blog of the series summarises, with links, all that we have covered previously. Thank You! First of all we’d like to say a HUGE thank you to our 12 contributors: Andrew Higgins, Bradley Sowash, Carol Matz, Christopher Norton, […]

IMPROVISATION – START SMALL BUT START!

Have you tried to improvise yet? Have you taken that first, vital step to give it a go? If you’re struggling to get started I want you to stop reading right now! Grab your diary and schedule 3-4 five minute appointments with yourself over the next week. These are your improvisation slots – your moments […]

improvisation internalisation memorisation

UNLOCKING THE POWER OF 3

The new music has been ordered, the pencils are all sharpened and the notebooks are ready. I expect you are nearly prepared for the new term. What about preparation though beyond the practicalities? Are you ready to incorporate improvising, memorising and internalising (audiation) into every lesson? Or are you really not convinced of their role […]

PRACTICAL IDEAS FOR MESSY PIANO PART 3

I’ve found myself falling back into old ways a bit at the start of this term. I talked too much. I explained too much. And this meant that there wasn’t enough music making in lessons. It is so easy to slip into familiar and comfortable teaching habits especially when trying to juggle all the additional […]

PAM WEDGWOOD: AT LEAST 10 THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT THIS POPULAR COMPOSER

Sharon, Director & Co-Founder of The Curious Piano Teachers, writes: Jazzin’ About. After Hours. It’s Never Too Late. Up-Grade!  If you’ve used these piano repertoire series with your piano pupils, then the name Pam Wedgwood will definitely ring a bell! This week, Sally and I have taken a break from blog-writing. Meanwhile, Pam has taken a […]

Piano by Ear

Have you ever wished you were better at playing the piano by ear or without a score? Ever had that feeling of being asked to play Happy Birthday at a party or just busk along to accompany some songs and had to mumble ‘do you have the music’? Well, a book has just been published, […]